Purpose of the course: The course allows the student to deal with all the main stages of the artistic and artisan ceramic production process by deepening every technical and technological aspect at a basic level: from the shaping of the artefact to its coating and decoration, up to firing in special ceramic kilns.

What you learn: The student learns the basics of the entire production process in order to start moving towards ceramics as a profession, or what is necessary to be able to start one’s own professional path alongside other professionals.

Artifacts: All the artifacts made by the students are their property and will be handed to them at the end of the course.

Certification: Certificate of attendance and participation and the training booklet of the Centre for Ceramics Experimentation  of Montelupo




  1. Technological specifications – theory and practical exercise
  • Analysis of the main types of artisan and artistic ceramics and their applications: terracotta, majolica, glazed, porcelain, stoneware
  • Analysis of the main types of ceramic bodies (clays) and how they are produced: with the pottery wheel / majolica, refractories, earthenware, stoneware, porcelain (red bodies and white bodies)
  • What are ceramic coatings: slips, crystalline , glazes, dyes
  • Technique and preparation of the glaze, crystalline , the dye and the colour
  • Basic techniques of liming and forming
  • Defectology: problems in drying the artefacts
  1. Firing technology – theory and practical exercise
  • 1st firing: stacking techniques and operating temperatures
  • 2nd fire firing: stacking techniques and operating temperatures
  1. New technologies
  • Possibility of production with special technologies: laser engraver and 3D printing



  1. Entrepreneurial analysis of the profession of a ceramist – theory and practice
  • Brief historical summary and analysis of the prospects and the national and international situation of the ceramic markets (experience of local companies and entrepreneurs of the historical companies of the Montelupo area)
  • Analysis of the possibilities of introduction into the artisan ceramic market
  • Analysis of the possibility of introducing new technologies (3D, Laser, Ink Jet etc.) into the ceramic production process
  • Analysis of the possibilities of application of design to ceramic production
  1. Studio management and regulations – theory and practice
  • Workplace management
  • MOCA regulation (objects in contact with food)
  • Special waste management
  1. Guided tours
  • Group guided visits to specialized ceramic companies
  • Group guided visits to industrial ceramic mix production companies and / or specialized ceramic coating workshops
  • Guided group visits to the Montelupo Museum


  1. Equipment
  • Knowledge of equipment for personal use: tools for turning, shaping and modelling, brushes for painting and decoration, safety equipment (personal protective equipment – dpi)
  1. Moulding and modelling
  • Practice of centering the object, breaking through the object’s form and raising its walls with the aim of achieving various open and closed ceramics.
  1. Alternative modelling and shaping on the pottery wheel:
  • Modelling exercises with slabs and and clay coiling
  • Modelling of bas-relief objects
  • Production of a plaster mould on a preconstructed clay model
  • Large size calculations in simple moulds and with anchor points (eg Della Robbia)
  1. Application of coatings
  • Coating on bisque objects: slip technique (preparation for sgraffito)
  • Preparation and dilution of the glaze and crystalline
  • Check the density of the coating
  • Application of the glaze by immersion and by spraying
  • Application of crystalline -on decorated object- by spraying
  1. Decoration techniques
  • Drawing tutorial on earthenware and drawing on glaze (pencil)
  • Exercises in brush painting technique on earthenware with spirals and swirls
  • Exercises in brush painting technique on glaze with fillets and scrolls
  • Approach to the main classical decorations (blue leaf, Persian palmette, ovals and rhombuses)
  • Knowledge of further decoration techniques using incision and third firing (laser engraving, photoceramics, decal)


from monday

to friday


November 8 2021

December 3 2021


8:30 am – 5 :30 pm

160 total course hours







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